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Zero Dark Thirty

After a decade of searching for Osama bin Laden, this dramatized film attempts to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the manhunt for the al-Qaeda terrorist who lead the 9/11 attacks on America. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 157
Theater Release: 03 Jan 2013
Video Release: 19 Mar 2013
MPAA Rating: R
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How do you feel about the timing of this movie’s release? Are there issues in creating movies about real world events so soon after they happen? Do you think this movie would be classified as fiction or non-fiction? How can you know for sure? What are the risks of facts being distorted in a movie of this nature?

In an interview with CBS News, director Kathryn Bigelow corrects an interviewer who uses the word “torture” with the term “enhanced interrogation.” Does this remark reveal anything about Bigelow’s attitude toward the use of these techniques to extract information? Do you think it reveals anything about her attitude about the CIA?

You can read a detailed account of the real operation in the UK newspaper “The Guardian”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/12/death-osama-bin-laden-us

For more information of the people and events that inspired this movie, click here:

Osama bin Laden: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_Laden

al-Qaeda: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda

9/11 Attacks: http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-timeline

Death of Osama bin Laden: http://www.historyinanhour.com/2012/03/10/osama-bin-laden/

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